• THOMAS GIBSON FINE ART

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    Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd. was founded in 1969. The Gallery is now run by Thomas's son Hugh who has worked for the Gallery since 2002 having trained at both Christies in London and Sotheby's in New York. TGFA deals in works that cover all periods and styles from the Impressionists to select Contemporary Artists and is a member of the Society of London Art Dealers of which Hugh sat on the Executive Committee between 2012 and 2015. They have exhibited at a variety of International Art Fairs including, Art Basel, Frieze Masters, Masterpiece, TEFAF and TEFAF New York.

     

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  • Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932), Madame X, 2002. Thomas Gibson Fine Art

     

    Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932), Madame X, 2002
    Oil and collage on board with attached ornament

    36.5 x 23.1 cm. (14 3/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
    Signed, inscribed and dated 'A Ficticious Lady Wrestler/'MADAM X' (?)/Peter Blake 2002' (on the backboard)
    Price: £65,000 (plus ARR and any applicable taxes)

     

    One aspect of wrestling which Blake has returned to on several occasions is its employment of masks. It has been suggested that the appeal for the artist is two-fold, firstly in the symmetry between the concealment of a wrestler's identity underneath an alter-ego and that underneath the apparent machismo they are really performers acting out a choreographed routine. But also on a more personal level:

    'That many of the wrestlers also hide behind masks hints that beneath the bluster they may suffer from the same shyness as Blake himself who, as we know, grew a beard in his late teens in order to cover the scars of his cycling accident, in effect creating a lifelong mask for his own face. The wrestlers emerged as a subject in the same year that he painted Self-Portrait with Badges (1961). Was this just a coincidence? It suggests at least the possibility of a direct link between his representation of himself - and his adoption of multiple guises in a constantly shifting artistic identity - and his creation of an endless cast of compelling characters that function on at least a subliminal level as the exciting alter-egos for a man who knew himself to be quiet, retiring and self-effacing' (Marco Livingstone, Peter Blake, One Man Show, Lund Humphries, Farnham, 2009, p.97).

     

    Provenance:
    Waddington Galleries, London
    Private Collection, UK
    Sale: Bonhams, London, 12th June 2019 [lot 3]
    Acquired from above sale

     

    Condition:

    Very good condition

    Exhibited:
    New York, Paul Morris Gallery, Sir Peter Blake: And Now We Are 70, 16 November-21 December 2002
    Brussels, Artiscope, The Use of Speech II, April-May 2003
    Stockholm, Wetterling Gallery, Peter Blake: 1975-2005, 9 March-13 April 2006

     

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  • Peter Phillips (b.1939), Blue Ram, 1996. Thomas Gibson Fine Art

     

    Peter Phillips (b.1939), Blue Ram, 1996

    Oil on canvas

    149 x 102 cm (58 ⅝ x 40 ⅛ in.)

    Titled, signed and dated (twice), on reverse

    Price: £20,000 (plus ARR and any applicable taxes)

     

    Provenance:

    The Artist

     

    Condition:

    Very good condition

     

    Exhibitions:

    Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, Peter Phillips: Freedom of Choices, 22 April – 29 May 1998

     

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  • Joe Tilson (b. 1928), Page 16: Ecology, Air, Earth, Fire, Water, 1969-1970. Thomas Gibson Fine Art

     

    Joe Tilson (b. 1928), Page 16: Ecology, Air, Earth, Fire, Water, 1969-1970

    Screenprint and oil on canvas on wood relief
    169cm x 169cm

    Price: £150,000 (plus ARR and any applicable taxes)

     

    "Tilson and his wife, Jos, were seriously involved in the cooperative, anti-authoritarian politics of the late sixties. His series, 'Pages', 1969-70, sets humanity against hardware; the matt, fleshy medium of soft, stuffed, stitched canvas replaces the vacuum-formed plastic of previous series. The format of 'Pages' relates to that of the information media which small groups could create and control, the cheap offset litho machine and the photocopier." (Michael Compton, Joe Tilson, Thames and Hudson, 1992, p.9).

    'Ecology, Air, Earth, Fire, Water' acknowledges a wide range of ideologies and philosophies. Alongside a Caduveo Indian girl are images of prominent activists, thinkers and leaders: Malcolm X, Freud, Levi-Strauss, Marcuse, Frantz Fanon, William Burroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Ho Chi Minh, Chairman Mao and Che Guevara.

     

    Provenance:
    Leslie Waddington
    Private Collection, UK (acquired from the above in December 2012)

     

    Condition:

    Very good condition

    Exhibited
    'Joe Tilson: Pages', Marlborough New London Gallery, London, March-April 1970, catalogue no.16 (not repro.)
    'Joe Tilson: 'Pop' paintings and prints', Peter Gwyther Gallery, London, 11 November-24 December 1999 (repro. in b&w in catalogue)
    'Tilson: Pop to Present', Royal Academy of Arts, London, 14 March-12 April 2002, catalogue no.16 (repro. in colour)
    'Tilson', Waddington Galleries, London, 28 March-21 April 2007, catalogue no.8 (repro. in colour)
    'Pop Art Portraits', National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 October 2007-20 January 2008; touring
    to Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 23 February-8 June 2008, catalogue no.52 (repro. in colour p.140)

    Literature:
    Tilson, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, Pre-Art, Milan, 1977 (listed p.207; not repro.)
    Pop Art: A Continuing History, Marco Livingstone, Thames and Hudson, London, 1990, p.182 (repro. in colour fig.260)
    Tilson, Michael Compton and Marco Livingstone, L'Agrifoglio Editions, Milan/Thames and Hudson, London, 1992 (repro. in b&w p.59)
    Joe Tilson: Works from 1961 to 1970, Waddington Galleries, London, 2006, no.9, p.26 (repro. in colour p.27)
    Pop Art Book, Nadine Käthe Monem (ed.), Black Dog Publishing, London/Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2007, p.115 (repro. in colour p.129)
    Tilson: The Printed Works 1963-2009, Enzo Di Martino, Papiro Arte, Venice, 2009, p.64 (repro. in b&w; subsequently re-worked)

     

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